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Irving scores 31 in return, but Cavs defense disintegrates in 112-92 loss to Hornets

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 31, 2013

NEW ORLEANS: Kyrie Irving scored 31 points in his return from a left shoulder injury, but the New Orleans shot 54 percent to send the Cavs to their eighth consecutive loss with a 112-92 victory.

Irving was announced as a surprise return less than two hours prior to the game, but he couldn’t help a defense that was beaten badly off pick-and-rolls and around the perimeter. The Hornets made 12 of 21 3-pointers and scored 19 fast break points, a rarity against a Cavs team that typically gives up few points on the break.

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Kyrie Irving will play for Cavs tonight in game against Hornets

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 31, 2013

NEW ORLEANS: Kyrie Irving has been cleared to return and will play tonight when the Cavaliers face the New Orleans Hornets.

Irving missed three weeks with a sprained left shoulder, and the Cavs will remain cautious with him moving forward. He will not play Monday night in the second of a back-to-back against the Atlanta Hawks.

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Cavs fall to Sixers, losing streak reaches season-high seven games

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2013
Wilkins 76ers

CLEVELAND: The Cavs were outscored 20-2 during a five-minute stretch that spanned the end of the first half and start of the third quarter in falling to the Philadelphia 76ers 97-87 on Friday. Their losing streak has reached a season-high seven games.

The Cavs led 45-36 on a layup by Tristan Thompson with 1:57 left in the half, but that was the end of the fun for the Cavs. They missed their last six shots of the first half and four of their first five to start the third quarter. Evan Turner’s 3-pointer with 8:47 left in the third extended the Sixers’ lead to 56-47.

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Pregame: Sixers (28-43) at Cavs (22-48)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2013
Sixers

 

Time: 7:30 p.m.; Place: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

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Byron Scott regrets not using a timeout late in Cavs' loss to Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 28, 2013
Scott shouting

INDEPENDENCE: Given the benefit of hindsight, Cavs coach Byron Scott said Thursday he should've used one of the three remaining timeouts before the team's final possession during Wednesday's loss to the Boston Celtics.

Scott defended the move Wednesday night by saying he thought the Cavs would've ended up with the same shot they got, which was a good look from Shaun Livingston at the elbow inside the lane. Livingston simply missed the shot.

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Cavs fall to Celtics at buzzer 93-92

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 27, 2013
Celtics Green game winner

CLEVELAND: This time it was a 14-point lead with eight minutes to go. This time it wasn’t the league’s hottest team, but rather another injury-ravaged roster just trying to hold on to its playoff seed.

More questionable rotations, more questionable clock management. More bad defense, more ineffectiveness on offense. Another stinging defeat after bumbling away another big lead in a season that has been circling the drain for weeks.

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Irving, Waiters miss practice again

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 25, 2013

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters got some shots up today, but neither really practiced in recovering from injuries. Waiters shot free throws after practice, but didn't really participate in anything physical.

Coach Byron Scott said that if Irving is cleared to return with only a handful of games remaining, he'll still consider returning him to the lineup.

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Final thoughts: Heat 98, Cavs 95

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 21, 2013
Moondog umbrella

 

CLEVELAND: Final thoughts from one of the strangest sporting events I've ever covered...

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James has triple-double, Cavs blow 27-point lead in loss

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 20, 2013
LBJ & fan on court CLE

 

CLEVELAND: Before the fan raced onto the floor but after the scoreboard began to drizzle, the villain turned near the 3-point line and sneered at the fans that once adored him, embracing the hate as his hulking shoulders and chest heaved with every exaggerated breath.

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Start of Cavs game against Heat delayed by malfunctioning scoreboard

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 20, 2013
scoreboard

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers game against the Miami Heat was delayed about 35 minutes by condensation leaking from carbon dioxide canisters within the scoreboard at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers said.

Arena workers spotted a leak from the scoreboard just prior to tip, after both teams had been introduced and were about to take the floor. Workers used towels and mops to clean up the substance, but both teams were sent back to the locker room and the scoreboard had to be lowered for repairs to be made.

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Pregame: Heat (52-14) at Cavs (22-45)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 20, 2013
Irving & LBJ

 

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

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LeBron James avoids questions about return to Cavs, blasts Boston's Jason Terry

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 20, 2013
LeBron with fans

CLEVELAND: LeBron James sidestepped questions about one day returning to the Cavaliers, insisted he hasn’t paid much attention to their rebuild … and then absolutely blew up Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry after smashing a dunk over him in the Miami Heat’s victory Monday night.

One year after shocking everyone by saying a return to the Cavaliers would be “great” and “hopefully the fans will accept me,” James was much more vague on Monday when asked about it again.

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Cavs expected to sign Chris Quinn today

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 20, 2013

The Cavaliers are expected to sign guard Chris Quinn today, pending a physical, a league source confirmed. Quinn, 29, has bounced around the NBA with the Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets and San Antonio Spurs.

Quinn was averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 assists with the Tulsa 66ers of the Development League. He is expected to be in uniform tonight when the Cavs host the Heat. The roster now stands at 15.

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Waiters will miss at least a week, surgery possible

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 19, 2013
Waiters dribbles vs Warriors

INDEPENDENCE: Dion Waiters will miss at least a week with loose cartilage in his left knee. He will rest and receive treatment on the knee and an arthroscopic procedure to clean out the knee hasn't been ruled out.

It's another crushing blow for a team already without its top two players in Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao, and now the defending champion Miami Heat are coming to town riding a 23-game winning streak.

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Pacers 111, Cavs 90: Pacers pound Cavs, who lose Waiters with sore knee

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 18, 2013
Speights headlock Paul George

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers are down to their third string playmaker. The only problem is identifying who exactly that might be.

They faced another playoff team Monday and lost to the Indiana Pacers 111-90 because they were pushed around inside by a much more physical, dominant opponent. Role players for the Pacers had terrific nights while the Cavaliers struggled to score. A large reason for that was the absence of Dion Waiters, who left after the first quarter with soreness in his left knee and didn’t return.

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Pregame: Pacers (40-26) at Cavs (22-44)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 18, 2013
Hansbrough, Psycho shot

 

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

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Late defensive breakdowns cost Cavs in 119-113 loss to Spurs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 17, 2013
Gee airborn vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO: In the quiet din of the losing locker room, Shaun Livingston delivered the same message his teammates have heard countless times before. Sooner or later, maybe part of it will stick.

This wasn’t that night.

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Poor second half dooms Cavs in 96-86 loss to Mavericks

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 15, 2013
Dirk & Tristan

 

DALLAS: The most alarming part of Friday’s 96-86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks wasn’t the poor second half or even the disastrous fourth quarter. The biggest surprise was the 18 turnovers.

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Cavs' Daniel Gibson rips the Hawks' Dahntay Jones for 'dirty play'

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 15, 2013
Kobe down

DALLAS: Cavs guard Daniel Gibson fired away at the Atlanta Hawks’ Dahntay Jones this morning, calling the play in which he injured Kobe Bryant a “dirty play” and inferred that Jones is a dirty player.

“I think that was a dirty play,” Gibson said. “He’s been known to be a guy to do that.”

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Irving expected to miss a month with shoulder injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 11, 2013
Irving shoulder injury vs Raptors

Kyrie Irving is expected to miss 3 to 4 weeks and could miss the rest of the season with an AC sprain in his left shoulder. There are just 5 1/2 weeks left in the season.

Irving was injured in the third quarter Sunday when he crashed into Toronto Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas while driving to the basket. Irving stayed in the game long enough to shoot a pair of one-handed free throws, but had difficulty moving the shoulder. 

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Irving scores 24 points, but Cavs fall to Grizzlies 103-92

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 8, 2013
Speights drives vs Grizzlies

CLEVELAND: While all the other players quickly shower, dress and scurry out of the locker room following games, C.J. Miles is typically one of the last players to leave.

Kyrie Irving was already showered, dressed and out the door Friday while Miles was still in front of his locker wearing shorts and a towel draped over his waist, almost in a meditative state.

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Greg Oden says he's still interested in signing with Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 8, 2013
Oden looking up

CLEVELAND: Greg Oden had a pretty good view of the Cavs’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll have an even better seat at the Q next season.

Oden attended the Cavs’ game Friday as a guest of Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley Jr., his best friend since childhood – yet wound up in Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s baseline seats adjacent the Cavs’ bench.

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Pregame: Grizzlies (40-19) at Cavs (21-40)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 8, 2013
Grizzlies Gasol

 

Time: 7:30 p.m.; Place: The Q; TV/Radio: ESPN, FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

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Kyrie Irving doubtful with flu-like symptoms, Byron Scott says his knee is fine

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 8, 2013

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving isn't expected to play tonight when the Cavs host the Memphis Grizzlies, but it has nothing to do with his right knee. 

Irving missed shootaround this morning with the same flu-like symptoms that previously plagued Tyler Zeller, Dion Waiters, Daniel Gibson and trainer Max Benton -- along with a number of the players' significant others. 

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Irving could be shut down again if knee problems persist

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 7, 2013
Irving shooting vs Knicks

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving could be shut down again if his bothersome right knee is still giving him problems, coach Byron Scott said on Thursday.

Irving said following Wednesday's win over the Jazz his knee was still hurting despite the team shutting him down for a week to allow it to heal.

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Irving shines in fourth, Cavs stun Jazz 104-101

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 6, 2013
Irving celebrates vs Jazz

CLEVELAND: After the second of C.J. Miles’ two jumpers early in the fourth quarter Wednesday, Jazz guard Alec Burks turned and looked at his old teammate.

“I see what you’re doing,” Burks said.

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Pregame: Jazz (32-28) at Cavs (20-40)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 6, 2013
Jazz Al Jefferson

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: The Q; TV/Radio: ESPN, FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

Injury report: CavsAnderson Varejao (knee, lung) out, Dion Waiters (flu) out, Daniel Gibson (flu) out, Omri Casspi (appendectomy) out. Jazz: Al Jefferson (ankle) doubtful; Mo Williams (thumb) questionable, Raja Bell (away from team) out.

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Cavs' Zeller returns to practice, Waiters still out sick

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 5, 2013
Zeller vs Raptors

INDEPENDENCE: Tyler Zeller returned to Cavaliers practice on Tuesday 5 pounds lighter and still working to regain his strength, but is likely to play Wednesday when the Cavs host the Utah Jazz.

Zeller was flattened by a 48-hour flu bug that included a trip to the hospital, two IV bags and countless hours on the couch. 

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Final thoughts: Knicks 102, Cavs 97

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 5, 2013

CLEVELAND: Final thoughts from another crushing loss in a game the Cavs should've won ...

* This game shouldn't have come down to the final few seconds, but I'd like to see the Cavs get more creative at the end of games, too. 

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Cavs blow 22-point lead, lose to Knicks 102-97

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 4, 2013

 

CLEVELAND: The savvy veteran was controlling the game’s final seconds even before the Cavs inbounded the basketball. Tyson Chandler had already made one critical play by tipping a rebound out to the top of the key on the Knicks’ previous possession, which led to a free throw and a three-point Knicks lead.

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Irving probable for Knicks; Waiters, Zeller ill

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 4, 2013
Irving in a suit

Kyrie Irving is expected to play tonight when the Cavs host the New York Knicks. Irving has missed the last three games with a hyperextended right knee, but made it through practice on Sunday and Monday's morning shootaround without incident.

Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller, however, are both sick and remain questionable for tonight. 

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Irving likely to play in Monday's game against Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 3, 2013

 

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving practiced on Sunday and, barring a setback, is expected to play Monday when the Cavs host the New York Knicks. 

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Without Irving, Cavs blasted by Clippers 105-89

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 1, 2013
Griffin over Tristan

CLEVELAND: Chris Paul had 15 assists, Blake Griffin had 16 points and the Los Angeles Clippers blasted the Cavs 105-86 on Friday for their first win in Cleveland in more than 10 years.

The Cavs, who were without Kyrie Irving for the third consecutive game, went six minutes without a field goal in the fourth quarter as the Clippers blew open a 23-point lead after the Cavs cut the deficit to 62-59 in the third quarter.

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Casspi will not receive release prior to tonight's deadline

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 1, 2013

CLEVELAND: Omri Casspi will not have his contract bought out in time to be eligible for a playoff roster, two league sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed on Friday. 

Casspi was in negotiations to have his contract bought out, according to an ESPN.com report. But Casspi needed to be released by 11:59 p.m. on Friday in order for him to be eligible for the playoffs. That doesn't appear likely, according to the two sources who spoke on conditiion of anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation. 

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Irving questionable for tonight's game vs. Clippers

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 1, 2013

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving will be a game-time decision tonight when the Cavaliers host the Los Angeles Clippers. Coach Byron Scott said at this morning's shootaround he would like to hold Irving out until he is 100 percent, not just until he feels better.

"One bad cut or whatever, you could still tweak it," Scott said. "And the other thing is how much pain can he take. Right now I'm not willing to kind of say, 'You can take the pain? OK that's great. I'm going to let you play tonight.' I'm not going that way."

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